Get Lucky Half Marathon Photos

Get Lucky Half Marathon Photos

Angie had signed up for the Team Ortho Get Lucky Half Marathon in St. Paul, so I thought I would get some practice shooting a running event. Besides losing some of the feeling in my fingertips, it was a fun way to spend a couple of hours. With over 2,000 runners, it was a little overwhelming as I am used to cycling events that struggle to draw 20-30 racers per field. I wanted to capture the conditions and the location, but an overcast, dreary, early spring morning didn’t provide the most beautiful backdrop. I guess it was a morning of bridges as I used the Robert Street Bridge as the backdrop of runners heading out and the Smith Avenue High Bridge as runners made their way back. I’m sure I will bring my camera when Angie competes in running events in the future, but I missed the speed, tactics, and teamwork of cycling events.  My entire gallery of photos can be found...

TRAINING (3-10) Week Thirteen, Build Four

It never fails. When I see improvements in one area of my fitness, another area takes a dive. My average weight last week was 183.03 lbs. I have gained three pounds in the last month and two pounds of it is fat. Since our team training camp is in the Ozarks in 17 days, I have less than three weeks to lose just over four pounds. I would be very happy to be traveling south at 179 pounds and ready to grind up hills for four days straight. On a positive note, I had a solid week of workouts. I tested on Tuesday with a new FTP of 309 watts, competed a slow cadence tempo workout on Wednesday, and probably the hardest workout of the year so far on Thursday. Megantic was brutal. Each interval began with 30 seconds at nearly 500 watts. Trying to settle the body down and complete the eight 15 second intervals took more mental toughness than I was planning for. It felt great to complete this workout. Friday through Sunday was a little hit and miss, but when I did find time to workout I was focused and felt good. I would love for this upcoming week to be one of my best. Fitness Average Weight: 183.03 lbs. Average % Body Fat: 10.39% Average Resting Heart Rate: 48.3 bmp Average Stress Score: 2.14 Training Training Time: 8.68 hrs. FTP: 309 watts Total TSS: 427.0 Average Intensity Factor: .84 Total kJ: 5144.0 Average HR: 143.4 Average Cadence:...

Racing Against Myself: Watts, Pounds, and the Threshold Test

If I have learned one thing about myself over the last four years and countless races, it’s that I am much more competitive with myself than anyone I race against. When my FTP is five watts higher (304 to 309) and my weight is five pounds lighter (185 to 180) than exactly a year ago, I’ll take it as a win. My racing age this year will read 39 on my USA Cycling License. Since my name is not Horner or Voigt, I am officially past my prime. However, I still love seeing gains in performance after pushing my body through weeks of basement workouts. As I have posted before, this is one reason I love TrainerRoad.com.  There are so many countless variables that determine the winner of a race. Teamwork, positioning, awareness, wind conditions, bike handling skills, willingness to take risks, knowing when to spend energy, etc. are just a few. These are some of the elements that make cycling one of the greatest sports to watch and participate in. However, during my off season from December to April all of these elements are gone. There is no drafting, cornering, wind, or strategy. It’s simply my stationary bike and my willingness to put in the time and effort to get as much power out of my 39 year old legs as I possibly can. Whether this time and effort leads to team or individual wins in May and June depends on so many more variables, but I love being able to control the things I can and reach new personal milestones before the chaos of the season begins....

TRAINING (3-3) Week Twelve, Rest Three

I completely made the most of this rest week. I did a few short intense workouts, but my volume was way down (4.5 hours total). I knew the next three weeks were going to hurt, so I thought I would really give my legs a break before gearing up for training camp and the start of the season. I ended up gaining more weight than I would have liked, but I know with some discipline (putting down the chips) I can get back down under 180 lbs. before we head south to Arkansas the first weekend in April. Looking forward to Week 4-Week 6 of the TrainerRoad.com High Volume Cyclocross Specific Training Plan. Love those Reduced Amplitude Billat workouts. Fitness Average Weight: 181.94 lbs. Average % Body Fat: 9.91% Average Resting Heart Rate: 46.1 bmp Average Stress Score: 2.00 Training Training Time: 4.52 hrs. FTP: 292 watts Total TSS: 209.0 Average Intensity Factor: .76 Total kJ: 2606 Average HR: 135.3 Average Cadence:...

TRAINING (2-24) Week Eleven, Build Three

I think this Minnesota winter has finally cracked me. My hard days were good, but my easy days were bad. Drilling intervals for 90 minutes on a trainer is one thing, but plodding around at 200 W for two hours when you know you would rather be outside is a high mental hurdle.   Monday: This was a typical Monday rest today. My numbers in the morning looked pretty good. I had a relatively low resting heart rate at 47 BPM and my recovery pattern was a little low, but nothing out of the ordinary. Tuesday: Stone Mountain was definitely my best workouts of the week. I felt so good that I tripled the last interval at over 450 W. I was going to pay for that the next day. Wednesday: I was about 15 minutes into this workout and I knew things were not going well. Not sure whether it was a hard effort the day before or just lack of motivation, but I pulled the plug after just over 30 minutes. Thursday: Another hard hour-long workout. I was pleased that my legs had bounced back enough to complete this big gear effort with some energy to spare. These are becoming some of my favorite workouts within this program. Friday: Friday in the off-season is plyometrics and yoga. However, even though I got through it, they both were pretty weak efforts. Saturday: Lafayette may have been the most difficult workout I’ve done this year to date. I was a little worried after the first interval, but I was able to put my head down and get through the remaining five....

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